The quiet book

Deborah Underwood & Renata Liwska


There are many kinds of quiet … Quiet can be delicate, quiet can be thundering! Quiet can be sweet and cozy, and can most definitely help you fall asleep. With kid-centric descriptions and irresistible artwork, this gentle picture book explores all the different quiets that can fill a child’s days from morning to night.

Heart of a samurai : based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama

Margi PreusChad Beckerman

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro, who dreams of becoming a samurai, learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.


Dead end in Norvelt

Jack Gantos

Newbery 2012

In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.


A ball for Daisy

Christopher Raschka

Caldecott 2012

A wordless picture book showing the fun a dog has with her ball, and what happens when it is lost.